Episode 3 of Game of Thrones season 7, The Queen’s Justice, said goodbye to one of the fan-favorite characters on the show- Lady Olenna Tyrell, played by Diana Rigg, who met her fate when the Tyrell home of Highgarden was seized by the Lannister forces. Jaime Lannister then gave her a painless poison, which she drank without any hesitation.
Yet it was Olenna who got the last word when she revealed to Jaime that she was the one who planned Joffrey’s death and wants Cersei to know this fact. Game of Thrones creators David Benioff & Dan Weiss talked to EW about Olenna’s death scene and praised Rigg’s performance on the show. Benioff says:
“When we initially cast Diana Rigg, we met with Nina Gold, our legendary casting director, and we had tea with her. Dames don’t audition for you, you audition for them. And we loved her. She was funny, she was bawdy, she was everything we wanted for that character. We’ve been very lucky to write for these legendary actors — like Diana Rigg. Max Von Sydow, Jim Broadbent, and Charles Dance — people who have been doing it for so long and are so frickin’ good at what they do. She’s one of the best in the world and [Olenna’s final scene] is one of my favorites in the whole season. She really brought it.”
“What I love about the way she plays the scene is that even though you leave the scene knowing she’s soon going to be dead shortly after you cut to black you still feel like she won. She’s probably the only character to win her own death scene.”